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Published: Tue, August 18, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.
School Supply Lists
  Back To School Shopping

Valley shoppers pick out school supplies.

Valley shoppers pick out school supplies.

Requirements for odd supplies are questionable.

Many parents have their back-to-school shopping routine down to an exact science.

With lists in hand, they shop around, buy early and stock up on supplies weeks before the opening bell rings.

The basics are easy: notebooks, crayons, pencils and paper. But some are noticing a few interesting additions to their supply lists.

Dry-erase markers, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer and Ziploc bags have found their way into shopping carts across the Mahoning Valley.

“It seems like the older kids don’t have it as bad,” said Ruth Less, of Columbiana, who has two daughters in the sixth grade and was stocking up this month at Target in Boardman. “But something like Clorox wipes seems like something the school should provide. ... It’s not really a school supply.”

The Vindicator obtained supply lists for multiple schools throughout the Valley and asked parents and teachers about their contents. Most of the lists included the basics, but some added unusual items.

Poland Union Elementary School Principal Carmella Smallhoover said the teachers put the lists together then sit down with her to finalize the details.

“I look over them, and we discuss them,” she said. “I pretty much know what each item is for.”

But it may not be as clear for parents why Poland Union, for example, is asking for a blank cassette tape and nine stamped, blank envelopes.

“A lot of the children read orally, and the readings are recorded on the blank tape,” Smallhoover said. “The envelopes are for teaching the children about addressing by corresponding with their parents.”

Less still seemed less than pleased to be shelling out cash without explanation.

“When I was in school, we never had to get any of that,” Less said. “We had to supply crayons and pencils, and that was about it.”

Parents said they are noticing more of a demand to provide personal cleaning supplies and other classroom materials as well. And if specific items aren’t in question, the requested quantities of some items have raised a few eyebrows.

Smallhoover said the school does provide as much as it can.

“We do supply the basic things, markers and crayons, but let’s face it, children really like to have their own box of crayons,” she said. “We found that it’s much better for them to bring their own.”

South Range Superintendent Dennis Dunham said his district has cut back on many of the non-essential items such as cleaning supplies.

“Things you don’t really have to have, we’ve cut back on. Some, but not all, like tissues and cleaning wipes,” he said. “Instead of anti-bacterial, we’re advocating that the kids wash their hands regularly.”

Austintown Superintendent Vince Colaluca said though parents are responsible for their share of supplies, teachers bear most of the burden.

He said teachers in kindergarten through sixth grade are given a supply budget of about $60, but that doesn’t cover everything, and many have to pay for supplies out of their own pockets.

“Teachers do spend a lot of their own money. It’s kind of a balance between the teacher and parents,” he said. “There’s been a lot of times when I am out buying supplies for my own kids, and I’ve seen teachers out buying 25 to 50 boxes of crayons on sale because they know they’ll need them.”

Colaluca said he doesn’t think the amount of items requested are excessive.

“We have not had any complaints about our lists. All our parents have gone through school, so they know what goes on,” he said. “As a district, we supply much of the academic supplies.”

Many of the lists have reminders to parents that supplies may run out during the year and need to be replaced as needed.

“I’m sure there are a lot of students who don’t supply that, who can’t supply that, so the other kids make up for it and halfway through the year they’re in need of those supplies again,” Less said. “Like with Kleenex, kids get sick and then everyone else gets sick with them.”

The lists have grown so extensive that the receipt for the supplies could easily dwarf the actual list.

That, said Thea Hare, a Boardman resident with two children in middle school, doesn’t include other fees and expenses.

“It’s annoying, but what are you going to do?” she said. “And then [the students] get there and you have assignment fees and workbook fees. I probably shell out at least $100 on the first week for all of that.”

Though many schools collect additional fees, Smallhoover said workbook costs are built into her school’s budget at Poland Union.

“We supply all the workbooks for math and reading,” she said. “Those prices of those workbooks have gone up unbelievably. It cost $20 to $25 per book.”

A tough economy complicates the process, said Lisa Szul of Canfield.

“We’re just trying to be a little bit more frugal and spend our money wisely,” said Szul, who has a daughter in sixth-grade and another entering Canfield High School. “Hopefully we’ll be able to get it all at a decent price.”

Many retailers have reduced prices to draw in business and ease the process.

Aaron Komlos, executive at the Target store in Boardman, said back to school shopping time rivals major holidays like Christmas and Halloween.

“It’s coming upon the peak of the season, so right now we’re seeing a lot of guests come into our store looking for their back-to-school basic items like notebooks, crayons, pencils and pens.,” he said.

Administrators do recognize though, that not all families can afford to buy supplies.

“There has to be a balance between the home and the school, but what if parents just can’t afford it?” Dunham said. “By no means would we penalize the child. We’d work to find ways to get those children supplies.”



Supply list comparison || Two Austintown schools

For parents, the last few weeks before school begins are likely spent supply shopping. The supply lists are compiled by teachers in each grade and approved by the building principal. We take a look at how two lists for the same grade in the same district can differ per school building.


Two packs of 24-count crayons: $0.25 each

Eight glue sticks: $3.99 for a pack of 12

Twenty-four No. 2 pencils: $0.92 each for a pack of 12

Four spiral notebooks: $0.60 for a pack of four

Four pocket folders — the heavier quality: $0.97 each

Scissors: $2.49

Four red ball-point pens: $0.50 for a pack of 12

Four highlighters, no pink or blue: $3.99 for a pack of eight

One zippered pencil case: $1.49

Two boxes of tissue: $1.57 each

Thin markers, 10 or 15 count: $1

One ruler with inches and centimeters: $0.50

Two packs of wide-ruled notebook paper: $0.75 each

Two packs of colored pencils: $0.79 each for a pack of 12

Six to eight dry erase markers: $7.89 for a pack of eight

Two large containers of Clorox wipes: $4.64 each

One pack of 3 x 5 index cards: $0.47

One set of index cards on spiral rings: $0.47

One roll of paper towels: $1.97

One old, washed sock or eraser for dry erase markers: NA

Two boxes of quart or gallon Ziploc bags: $3.59 each

School box: $0.79

One pink eraser: $0.97 for a pack of two

One heavy folder with three holes: $0.97

Total: $52.53


Two pocket folders, one red and one blue: $1 foe a pack of 10

Two yellow highlighters: $0.89

One Package of No. 2 pencils: $0.92

One Package of wide-ruled notebook paper: $0.75

Nylon zipper pencil pouch: $1.49

Elmer’s School Glue: $0.25

Scissors: $2.49

A metric/standard ruler: $0.50

Four wide-ruled, spiral notebooks: $0.60 for a pack of four

Crayons: $0.25 for a pack of 12

Markers: $1 for a pack of 10

Two boxes of tissues: $1.57 each

One package of 3 x 3 Post-It Notes: $2.79

Two red pens: $0.50 for a pack of 12

Four black or blue, low odor dry erase markers: $2.12 each for a pack of two

Total: $20.81

Source: Austintown School District supply lists.


1aeparish(669 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Come on Vindy, if you want a good comparison, give us the supply lists for Youngstown schools.

And Clorox wipes as a school supply? As if bringing in tissues wasn't bad enough.

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Youngstown supply list:

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3ytowngramma(39 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Ytown schools (TAFT) typically wait until a week before school starts to provide their lists - this gives the families "PLENTY" of time to get the items...NOT!!

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4DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

"Less still seemed less than pleased to be shelling out cash without explanation."

Irony: When an article is written relating to elementary schools, but the "journalist" cannot operate at an elementary level.

The city schools have the majority of their supplies provided by taxpayers I would guess. The city council members take trips all over the country looking for the perfect notebook each year.

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5Chief178(57 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

It's all over the country I live in Tennessee and I have a little girl in the 3rd grade and we had to buy the same items. The only good thing in Tennessee we have a tax free weekend before schools starts, so if you buy the items that weekend you save on the taxes.

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6AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I like how Colalucca says his parents don't have issues with the lists. That just shows you how out of touch our administration is with the parents. Each child is then required to turn in a 20.00 supply fee. Where exactly is that money going if the teacher only get 60.00 per year??? Hey Colalucca, let me buy you a clue - the parents think your lists and then a supply fee are RIDICULOUS!!

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7TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

The days of showing up to school with a couple pencils and some paper are long gone. If you look at what teachers and districts are required to do by the state, you'll understand the increases. Believe me, the district bears the majority of the burden for unfunded mandates.

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8AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

My child attended one of those elementary schools and that list is A LOT shorter then what was required. We had to provide 4 1" 3 ring binders, white in color. We were also required to buy a certain color spiral notebook and certain color folders. Plus two bottles of hand sanitizer and 2 containers of wipes. Heck, that list is shorter then the one I have to provide this year. But at the end of the year, my child was able to bring home her barely used Math workbook....

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9jetercp(67 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

keep in mind the state, WILL provide the necessary materials that students will need, but with billions of dollars in budget cuts, the schools and teachers are simply asking parents to help provide supplies.
most parents are usually willing to help and purchase supplies, but u would also be surprised that some students come to school with absolutely nothing and you know the only reason the parent sent them was for the free lunch.

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10TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

It's not great to be poor anywhere in the world in my experience.

As someone with firsthand experience with these kids you are citing, you are flat out wrong. The majority of them do not have cell phones. Some of them rely on those two meals because that's the only food they will get that day.

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11Chief178(57 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Come on some of you people complain about anything. So we have to payout for our kids education, and that is a bad thing how. Instead of having that pack of smokes or that beer or if you’re not into that cut back on the ice cream and cookies. Then spend it for the kids education. I am sure all of you complaining, when you went to schools someone gave up something for you.

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12HundredReasons(31 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Poland Union's supply list was reasonable and inexpensive. Poland Middle School's was outlandish, repetitive and uncoordinated. $146 later I was done.

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13AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Hey Chief, we already pay out with tax after tax. Then it is ridiculous lists of supplies topped with a supply fee from the school. At what point is enough enough. It is one thing to have a kid bring in notebooks and folders, but certain colors and certain sizes is just beyond comprehension. It not only makes it more difficult for the parent (those certain colors sell out fast, or are more expensive), at the end of the year when things are returned unused or barely used it makes one question the actual necessity of that item and why parents should waste their money.

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14TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I agree that if the items are unused, then it's a waste of money.

The colors, however, are extremely helpful with organization. It actually helps to teach organization strategies, etc.

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15steelerman09(111 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Ok, maybe I am confused, but in this article, they are saying an item and then the cost of the item. Am I reading this right???

Two packs of wide-ruled notebook paper: $0.75 each
Two packs of 24-count crayons: $0.25 each
Markers: $1 for a pack of 10

I want to know where these prices are.....

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16boxerlover(133 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

DoctorGonzo..."Less is less than pleased" The person's name is Ruth Less...hence proper english used...

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17TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

steelerman, watch the ads. Officemax has some supplies for a penny. Wal Mart and Target usually have those prices on crayons, paper, notebooks, etc.

ProUpperClassAmerican...That's funny because I have seen firsthand that what you are asserting isn't the case. Do you work in YCS Pro? Have you seen the elementary lunch and breakfast crowds on a daily basis?

Your vast generalizations reveal a deeper misunderstanding or, dare I say it, ignorance/stupidity.

As someone who has witnessed what you are discussing on a near daily basis for some time, I'd disagree with your assertions. The vast majority of students I've seen are grateful to have the meals, and many ask for more food. Very few of them have cell phones. Some of them lack basic utilities. Yes, some of them have cell phones. Yes, some of their parents spend money on luxuries like phones, video games, etc.

What you are doing is painting everyone in that socioeconomic group with the same brush. Were I to do the same, I might say that you lack compassion because you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. I might say that you can't possibly understand the plight of someone living below the poverty line because you yourself are so far removed from it that it's like another planet. You see how generalizations work?

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18DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Boxer lover- you are correct, my mistake. The grammar is correct but it is still a poorly written sentence because her last name is Less.

Irony (refined): When someone who rants about detail and mocks others intelligence, makes an elementary mistake himself and does not completely review something before challenging it.
i.e - Myself

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19metz87(884 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Well tape casettes sure are unusual And well you mght be able to find all that stuff that cheap more then likely it will cost more,depening o nwhen yu get it ,where and if they include taxes in thae lsit,I doubt it.. They get you anyway they can $50 for supplies class fees,supplies fees and good god if you kids wants to be invloved in sports,schools are charging now for that too in many cases.

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21DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Holy moly.

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22Kokomo(19 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I get it.

The kids that can not make change for a purchase of $4.97 when given a $5 bill and 2 dimes and 2 pennies (without the benefit of a cash register or calculator) are obtaining a "world class" ed-u-mi-cation.

I think we need to pay more, more, MORE! in state and local taxes.

Let's give 'em 100%!!

alas, that would not be enough for the bleeding heart libs

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23harleydog(243 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Next the schools will want them to bring their own toilet paper.

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24OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

They must have gotten that list of prices for supplies at Lloyd Elementary from when I went to school there ages ago! I'm sorry but I have yet to see a 10 pack of 1-subject notebooks for a dollar. When I went there, I had a bookbag, pencils, folders, notebook paper, crayons and markers, and any workbooks like spelling and math were included-we didn't have to pay extra for those.

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25TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

How long ago did you go to school? Times have changed.

nice dodge. Keep it up with the generalizations. Maybe you should go back to reading your wall street journal, counting your money, despising minorities, listening to FoxNews,etc....you see how these generalizations work?

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26Chief178(57 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Man I don't miss Youngstown at all, after reading this. Some of the comments are way out there. I grew up on the south side my dad died when I was eleven, and if it wasn't for my free breakfasts and lunches I would not have had any. My mother worked but wasn't on welfare, in 1970 my mother did not get a penny of my dad's pension from US Steel. The Unions helped out they gave her a bible and that was it. They did fight for my dad’s pension.

My mother worked and she got me what ever I needed for school no matter what the cost, and yes we did have to pay fees back then. Some of may not remember but every year we had to provide a fee to the schools and we still paid taxes.

So please stop about paying for school supplies and paying taxes and help the kids get what they need for school. And maybe not all of them will turn out to be so bad.

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27AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Its not about what the kids need. The kids only need notebook, folder, crayons/markers/colored pencils (this depends on the grade) scissors, glue, pencils, erasers. Kids don't need 4 different three ring binders, two bottles of hand sanitizer, two large containers of Colorox wipes (this is taken verbatim from my list this year), dry erase markers and eraser, 5 different folders, each a different color, a composition notebook and a regular notebook in a certain color. The requests have gotten ridiculous. When you have to ask for more than the basic requirements needed for education, your requests have gotten out of hand. A-town did not have a fee for all school age children until last year. Yes, there were fees in high school for classes like biology (which is understandable) but fees for Kindergartners when you as a parent supply everything but the paper to make Zerox copies is ridiculous.

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28JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

TB-in your list regarding pro you forgot "burning crosses."

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29Chief178(57 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Well we have to provide Zerox copy paper where I live for third graders. AtownParent I understand your frustration but what would you suggest to do? If you don't send all of the items your child will be chastised or treated differently by the teachers. I guess you will have to address this issue with the school board and request an itemized inventory of where the funds are being spent.

I don’t have the answers but I do know I don’t want my child to be the one that is singled out by others for not having the thing on the list they need. I think by sending my child with all of the supplies it contributes to her self-esteem for being responsible.

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30AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Here's the thing, the kids that don't bring those supplies aren't chastised. They take my child's supplies and other children who bring their supplies, and lump them all together for everyone to use. We had requests from the teachers a few months into the year for more pencils. We sent in 24 sharpened pencils the first day, that should have lasted her all year, but because they take all of them and lump it in for everyone it only lasted a few months. If I am sending in supplies, my kid should be the one using them, not those who have parents who are to lazy to go out and get the items. The school board, ha, that's like talking to the wall.

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31Mimi2BC(147 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I have a child in the Austintown school district and by this point I am completely used to the exhaustive list of supplies.... I always buy extra from the list and send it in on my daughter's first day of school to offset for the children that are not fortunate enough to have parents in the position to afford all the items required. I consider it a blessing that we are able to provide for our children's needs and feel it is the least I can do to buy a few extra boxes of crayons, pencils and paper. Neighbors's helping neighbors's isn't a horrible thing...

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32AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

It is one neighbor taking advantage of another. See how many of those parents smoke and then tell yourself it is because they don't have the money. Those on welfare get vouchers for supplies or can go to the many locations that provide supplies for underprivileged. BUT they don't. I know many children in single parent homes, those single parents still provide supplies for their kids. It is one thing to need help, it is another thing to just not do it so you don't have to spend the money on your kid.

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33RoseyOhio(8 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

The same thing is happening in Trumbull County and the real sad thing about these costs is that they are in addition to nearly annual school levies that the districts expects taxpayers to pass (and my district always used to). The schools expect the children to bring in wipes and other sanitizing supplies so they can clean their areas etc.. I did not realize that "housekeeping 101" was going to be part of a 1st grade curriculum. What ever happened to the school custodial staff (or has that been part of cut-backs too? If so, then that opens a new can of worms. Have you ever heard of child labor laws, child slavery, etc.) It is not my child's responsibility to clean your school. They are there to be educated, period. Maybe [grouped] home schooling is a better way to go!

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34TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

mimi, great points! and thanks Jeff. I knew I left something out.

I understand the frustration parents are feeling. However, many of those supplies are asked for to prevent frustration later in the year. I know something as simple as color-coded folders really helps kids with organization, especially the little ones. In the middle schools, it helps kids get from class to class quickly.

As for wipes, hand sanitizer, etc., I don't understand the purpose. I know many times teachers are cleaning their own desks, especially during flu season. Perhaps those wipes and that sanitizer will aid your student in staying well. Don't buy them and ask the teacher or principal on the first day of school to find out the purpose.

While the complaint was raised about buying supplies for other students, (a legitimate one,) think about the teacher who does the same out of her own pocket.

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35harleydog(243 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Used to work for a company that provide the Youngstown City Schools with hundreds of bags for of school supplies ( pens, pencils, notebooks erasers, etc.). We never so much as received a thank your from them but each year they were knocking at our door wanting more. So much for being grateful.

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36Siouxi(122 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

When mine were in school about 15 years ago, the lists were long then. (They went to Catholic schools.) But, if your child needs these things to succeed in school, spend the money. You're only investing in your child. As for the wipes? They say swine flu is on the way. I'd buy the wipes and hand sanitizer; kids are germ factories, after all.

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37Justin2204(13 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I don't know why Youngstown always has to come up on these comments. The story didn't even mention Youngstown Schools.

I go to Youngstown Schools. Most of the principals and teachers try to keep the supplies to the basics. If you cannot afford school supplies, don't get them.
I have never seen a teacher single out a kid for this, so how much meaner are teachers in Austintown than Youngstown if THEY do?

It probably a good idea to bring Clorox Wipes and wipe of the desk during the day. (Cleaning people do it at night, but several kids will sit in the desk during the day.) Our teacher hands one out once in a while to each kid, and some of them get pretty sooty looking just from one desk.

If someone forgot to say thanks for donations of school supplies, "thanks". They make a difference for kids whose parents can't get them.

I am in 7th grade. Maybe one kid would have a cell phone in elementary school and it was a Trac Phone. I don't see kids with phones in middle school either. So where did this guy see all the phones? Maybe high school kids have jobs and can buy the cards that add minutes. So what's so wrong with that?

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38harleydog(243 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Try going to Boardman, there are cell phones and I pods everywhere. Kids text all day there even the the policy is that you don't use your cell during school. My kid has even CALLED me from his desk to ask me a question if I could bring him something to school that he forgot. I asked him where the teacher was and he said sitting at the desk.

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39TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Did you your kid get in trouble at home for violating the policy then?

The issue wasn't kids in Boardman. It was kids in Youngstown.

Nice post by the 7th grader up there!

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40Mimi2BC(147 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

@ Austintown Parent: The neighbors I was referring to are the children.... I am teaching my daughter a valuable lesson... charity. Again, it is the LEAST I can do. Maybe one day the child I help will go on to help another child and so on and so on... While I may not agree with the parent's budgeting abilities and priorities they are not the ones I am concerned with helping... see where I am going with this... it's the children. As for the sanitizing wipes... I'll buy them by the crate if it will keep my child from spending a day home sick with the flu.

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41AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

And those parents are teaching their children valuable lessons as well, how to get something for nothing. Charity is one thing, being taken for a sucker is another.

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42Justin2204(13 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Thank you TB. I'm addicted to reading and writing, but there are worse habits.

Youngstown policy keeps getting stricter, but this is what I think the rule is: 1st time caught with a cell phone, confiscated and your mom can come up and get it back from the principal. (That one kid who had one? His mom wouldn't come get it back for him. The Tracfonce cost $20 and the card for minutes was $20. She said it was his fault for losing it.)
2nd time: Gone for the year.

So if this sub was seeing a lot of cell phones, I think the kids were testing him. (Some high school kids were taking the inside of the cell phone out when it got confiscated (SIM card?) but I think the teachers caught on to that.

I would think that kids could use their phones in Boardman classes to google the answers to tests.

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43TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

how many parents anywhere would permit it? not many, since Ohio outlawed it recently.

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44ytownsteelman(674 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

The abolition of corporal punishment is he worst thing that could have been done. I was paddled three times when I was in school, and it was very effective in changing my behavior. I still remember each incident and what I was doing wrong to deserve it.

Anyways, I am tired of parents complaining about buying school supplies. We pay $1,000 a year property tax to the school and we don't have any children, so that money is down the drain for us. Parents should pay all the costs of sending their children to school and those without children should not pay one cent to run the school. That may sound mean but its not fair that childless landowners should have to pay to educate child bearing renters.

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45metz87(884 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

It aint fair that we pay all these taxes fo the schools to waste and they keep wanting more money,a lot of people are losing their jobs but you can bet the adminstratos are safe so what do they care? And now they want you to spend even more money on supplies when the schools themselves have the money to do it,they can afford to give thier superintedet 1$00,000 a year but not for things that cost $1 a piece? Something worng there.

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46dmets(575 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

All i know is buy some wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer if fine with me! Helps keep the germs away! There are some other things on the list of schools supplies that my parents did not have to buy when i was in school. But I am perfectly fine with that too! I have friends who are teachers and spend why more money them out of their own pockets, so the extra 10 you'll spend on the them that big of a deal? NO! If parents are really, honestly, really complaining about this, you need help! Oh by the way the school supply list for my son cost me $25 and that was with multiples for throughout the year!

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47dmets(575 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

The whole cell phones in school it crazy! I think it's the parents fault for not making there kids leave it at home! When I was in school no one carried a cell phone. If we did it stayed in the car, never in the school building! Cell phones were for emergency reasons only! Not to text with your friends during class! There is nothing that important you need to know that can't wait til in between classes or lunch time! Students need to realize they are at school to LEARN, and doing welll in school in more important now then ever! So maybe parents need to be more strict about the cell phones!

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